This week’s recital, given by Form 7’s Tom, was on a sunny but chilly Wednesday in All Saints’ Church and concluded the lunchtime recitals for this busy half of term.
Tom began his recital with In native worth from Haydn's The Creation. From the moment the first chord in the piano was played in the recitative, Tom engaged with the audience and enticed them in. His first entry immediately showed the audience what wonderful colour and tone his voice has. Tom sung the long melodic phrases in the following aria with a lovely sense of line and amazing phrasing, especially with the arpeggio shaped melody.
The next piece was Après un rêve Op. 7 No. 1 by Gabriel Fauré and Tom sang with a wonderful interpretation of the text and showed excellent musicality, especially through his use of dynamic contrast. The dream-like atmosphere in the piece was illustrated further when Tom reached the climax of the piece, which he sang with great sensitivity.
The recital ended with a selection of pieces from Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, starting with the first of the songs, Easter. The opening of this piece was fantastic with Tom’s voice filling the church on the words ‘rise up’, rejoicing in the rising of Christ and encouraging the listener to rise with him in the celebration of the resurrection. The second song, Love bade me welcome, began with a very still start in the piano and Tom imitated this in his first entry. Tom successfully continued this contemplative mood throughout the piece and concluded in a beautifully controlled manner. The final piece, The Call, finished the recital with a commanding performance but still contained sensitive singing with a lovely spin to Tom’s voice.
It was a fantastic performance, filled with great musicality, interpretation and charm, and left the audience with a smile on their face!